• The Trackless Woods - Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent has returned in 2015 with an album unlike any other in her illustrious career. Featuring original music and melodies by Iris, The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. 

When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova's work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova's lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity.

"Anna's gift of song is so strong, about all I had to do was get really quiet and listen," says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record The Trackless Woods in her living room over a five-day period.

The result is a breathtaking pairing of piano and voice in Iris' sui generis style with timeless melodies that are deeply rooted in the American South. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter's culture and history. Iris and her husband adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, and she says "I'd never have made this record were it not for her."

  1. To My Poems
  2. Broad Gold
  3. And This You Call Work
  4. From An Oriental Notebook
  5. Prayer
  6. Not with Deserters
  7. All Is Sold
  8. Reject the Burden
  9. From An Airplane
  10. Oh How Good
  11. Like a White Stone
  12. Song About Songs
  13. Listening to Singing
  14. Lot's Wife
  15. Upon the Hard Crest
  16. The Souls of All My Dears
  17. Last Toast
  18. It's Not with a Lover's Lyre/ Anna Akhmatova Recitation of 'The Muse'

The Trackless Woods - Iris DeMent

  • Artist: DeMent, Iris
  • Product Code: 634457691223
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